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Tech Team

Who are we?
We are a team of Parel Vallei High school learners, trained as technical assistants.

What do we do in the tech team?
We are divided into teams under the guidance of drama teacher, Miss Van Zyl and 3 head technicians (learners). We attend to all the technical needs of Parel Vallei events.

What are our duties?
Technicians are expected to set up and strike technical equipment such as speakers, sound-desks, microphones, lighting and projections at all school events. We also need to be on duty at these events to operate the equipment. 

Exciting projects throughout the year:
New technicians are professionally trained in Term 1 during a two-day training course.  These technicians then work on events during the course of Term 1 and at the end of the term the members of the tech team are chosen. All technicians stand a chance to be chosen to work on the tech team for the drama productions that go on tour every year. 

Activities throughout the year:
Activities include scheduled technician duties at events like Miss PV, Culture Week, Love Week, sporting events, Monday assemblies, gr. 8 Brakke concert, prize givings etc.

What is the goal of our club?
We love working with technical equipment and creating a professional image at all our events. We also provide a service to the school and teachers to make sure that all of the events presented by PV are delivered with expertise in sound, lights and projections.

What is our vision for the future?
We want to provide an outstanding service to Parel Vallei High School, assisting to promote the image of excellence of our beautiful school. We also want to keep learning and exploring the world of technology to stay abreast of all the latest equipment and methods.

How do we recruit new members?
In term 1 every year, anyone interested is asked to sign up, attend the training course and participate in a work-in-training program to qualify for the tech team.  No previous experience is necessary but this can be beneficial.

What is our attendance policy?
We are expected to attend to our duties and follow our schedule as set by our teacher, Miss A. Van Zyl. We have to apply all of the safety rules while we work and take full responsibility for the state of the equipment with which we work.

Contact person:
Mr. D. Spijkers



In 1997 we had a very important strategic session during which the staff, management and Governing Body plotted the future of our school.

After very meaningful discussions and deliberation, we came to the conclusion that we were entering a time of huge change. We were on the threshold of introducing OBE (Outcome Based Education) and realised that the one constant going into the future would be change!

We were very proud of our academic excellence and were working hard at bringing sport and culture up to the same level as the academics. Around the table we penned our Vision for the future: "EXCELLENCE IN A CHANGING WORLD"

Since those very important discussions we are very proud to be able to say that we really do achieve excellence in our ever changing environment.

Some 10 years ago my wife and I attended a stage production of the musical ‘Evita’ which depicted the life of Evita Peron, wife of the Past President of Argentina.
During the show, Evita says, in a very defiant moment: "I’m proud to be and Argentinian."

At school at the time, I was thinking about ways in which I could spark off some pride in the school. Although many of our pupils had tremendous talent, they were often lacking in confidence and were almost scared to show pride in themselves or their school. I took Evita’s words and entered our own name and got: "Proud to be a Parel Valleier". I motivated and encouraged pupils to buy into the concept of having pride in themselves and in what they do but without being arrogant.

We also started to use this slogan on the foot of all our outgoing mail and on our letterheads. Interestingly, some of the grade 8’s, when they answer the question in their little test about the motto of the school, say that, “Proud to be a Parel Valleier” is the school’s motto instead of the real motto "Sapientia et intellegentia."

Long may this slogan live in the hearts and minds of our learners and may they always be "Proud to be a Parel Valleier".

Ettienne Gouws